More than 700 accorded veteran status since March

01 Jul 2015 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JUL (NAMPA) - More than 700 people have been accorded veteran status since March this year.
This was revealed in the summary report on the achievements of Offices, Ministries and Agencies during their first 100 days under the new Government leadership.
The report said the Veterans’ Affairs directorate under the Office of the Vice-President has since 21 March 2015 accorded 789 people veteran status.
The report was distributed by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
According to the report, 18 000 applicants have been vetted and are waiting to be conferred veteran status, while 297 qualifying veterans were added into the payment system to receive monthly grants.
The report indicated that the directorate has since March spent N.dollars 12 361 050 from its 2015/16 financial budget of N.dollars 833 616 000.
The directorate has assisted with the burial and erection of tombstones for 93 veterans, while 13 received medical assistance from the Veterans’ Fund and 10 of their dependants received counselling.
Three of these cases were referred to a psychologist for further intervention.
“Churches have been contacted to render spiritual counselling, especially on cases resulting from alcohol and drug-related disorders,” it read.
Meanwhile, 123 veterans and their dependants received financial assistance to study at local, regional and international institutions, and 13 were sponsored for vocational training.
The directorate spent N.dollars 3.1 million on further education of beneficiaries.
It also stated that 953 veterans projects were funded since March this year.
The report also noted that three farms (Namkali, Saskatchewan and Sand Rivier) were acquired for the rehabilitation of landless veterans, while 101 sites were handed over to contractors for the construction of houses for veterans.